Elsio Augusto Wunder, Jr, PhD, MS, DVM

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Leptospira; Leptospirosis; Vaccines, Attenuated; Host-Pathogen Interactions; Translational Medical Research

Public Health Interests

Disease transmission; Zoonosis

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases: Vector-borne

Research Summary

  • Pathogenesis of leptospirosis
  • Vaccine development for leptospirosis
  • Natural-acquired immunity against Leptospira infection
  • Motility of the spirochete Leptospira spp.
  • Clinical diagnostic of leptospirosis

Extensive Research Description

Dr. Wunder has an extensive research experience in Brazil and the US working on the pathogenesis of Leptospira sp. and vaccine development. His research is focused on understanding the pathogenesis of leptospirosis, and, more specifically, identifying virulence factors in the spirochetal pathogen, which may in turn serve as the basis for novel approaches for diagnostics and vaccines.

Currently he is evaluating the hamster immune response to immunization with an attenuated Leptospira strain, to identify potential protein candidates for subunit vaccine design. More recent his work has been focus also on understanding the motility of the pathogen and its ability to penetrate and disseminate within host-tissues.

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Elsio Augusto Wunder, Jr, PhD, MS, DVM
Lab Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health (LEPH)
60 College Street, Fl 6th floor Rm LEPH 607

New Haven, CT 06510
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Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health (LEPH)
60 College Street, Ste 319A

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
60 College Street, LEPH 319A
New Haven, Connecticut 06510